Research shows that when children take charge of their reading lives, they grow as readers. Brooks School Elementary third graders are doing just that! One tool that is helping the students take charge of their reading is BiblioNasium. BiblioNasium is an online tool that promotes volume reading and self-selected reading while leveraging the power of book recommendations from teachers and peers. During weekly school logins, students add titles and book reviews to their digital bookshelves, based on information they have been tracking in their Reader’s Notebooks.
The Reader’s Workshop model of instruction emphasizes connecting and interacting with text. Through BiblioNasium, students are recording their reading, writing about and responding to text, and sharing their reading with others. Motivation to read comes from the self-selection of titles and from students’ own sense of accomplishment in building their shelves. One previously reluctant reader has logged 58 titles in just the first month of school!
-Submitted by Kristin Patrick, Brooks School Elementary Media Specialist